<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Politics and Political News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSun, 26 Feb 2017 12:05:45 -0800Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:05:45 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump's Approval Stands at 44 Percent as Partisanship Reigns]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:13:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trump+CPAC+getty.jpg
President Donald Trump's job approval rating stands at just 44 percent — a record low for a newly inaugurated commander-in-chief — and half of Americans say that his early challenges suggest unique and systemic...

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<![CDATA[Clinton Calls for 'Resistance,' Party Unity in New Video]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:56:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6286307641.jpg
Hillary Clinton has come up with a new equation for Democrats who are looking for change.“Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country,” she said in a video posted to the...

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<![CDATA[Majority of Americans Want Trump-Russia Probe: Poll ]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:14:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump_Putin_Split.jpg
About half of Americans believe that Congress should investigate whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign had contact with the Russian government in 2016, while only a quarter say that lawmakers should...

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<![CDATA[U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas Speaks in San Diego]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:26:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vargasraw_1200x675_884374595865.jpg
U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas (D - 51st District) talks about the tension between constituents and lawmakers and takes a friendly jab at his colleague U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R - 49th District).]]>
<![CDATA[U.S. Reps Discuss 'Tension' at Home During Congressional Recess ]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:04:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vargasraw_1200x675_884374595865.jpg
While Congress is in recess, many lawmakers are back in their districts. Some are scheduling meetings with constituents.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Promises 'Roaring' American Comeback]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:55:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-24+at+12.18.52+PM.png
President Donald Trump thanked his supporters during a speech at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference and promised a "roaring" comeback of an America that is "bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before."]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Attacks Media at CPAC]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:44:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-24+at+12.16.22+PM.png
President Donald Trump continued his assault on the media Friday in his opening statement at the Conservative Political Action Conference, calling fake news "the enemy of the people" and attacking the media's use of anonymous sources. ]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Wants to Make US Nuclear Arsenal 'Top of the Pack']]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:18:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/donaldtrumponnukes.jpg
President Donald Trump on Thursday again expressed a desire for America to be an unparalleled military power, saying he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to make it "top of the pack," NBC News reported. In an interview with Reuters, the president stated that the United States had fallen behind on atomic weapons but did not detail what kind of expansion, if any, the military would pursue. "A dream would be that no country would have nukes," Trump told Reuters. "But if countries are going to have nukes, we're going to be at the top of the pack."

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<![CDATA[Poll: More Than Half Disapprove of Trump's Job Performance]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:38:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trumpwarpress.jpg
Fifty-four percent of Americans somewhat or strongly disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the presidency after a month in office, while 43 percent approve somewhat or strongly, according to the latest NBC NewsSurveyMonkey poll. NBC News reported that Trump enjoys broad support from within his party, but few outside of it, with evident divisions along gender and racial lines as well. Nine of 10 Republicans or people who lean Republican approve of Trump's performance as president, with the same percentage of Democrats and those who lean Democrat disapproving. But independents split two to one against Trump. His aggregate low approval rating is below any other newly elected president since pollsters began tracking presidential job approval.

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<![CDATA[Boehner: Obamacare Repeal and Replace Won't Happen]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:18:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/AP_140043121627.jpg
Former House Speaker John Boehner spoke about the Affordable Care Act Thursday, saying that he didn't think the Republican-dominated Congress would be able to repeal and replace it, NBC News reported.Boehner, who addressed attendees at a health care conference in Orlando, Florida, said Republicans have the best shot at simply fixing flaws within the law, as it is difficult to get lawmakers to rally behind a complete replacement."In the 25 years the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time, agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once," Boehner said.He added that Obamacare has some popular elements that are likely irreversible now, including parts that allow parents to keep their children on their policies until the kids are 26, as well as protections for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

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<![CDATA[Conservative Political Action Conference Underway]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:28:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17054707562907.jpg
What a difference a year makes. One year after skipping CPAC, President Trump and his administration have taken over the annual event. Andrew Siff reports.

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<![CDATA[Issa: 'I Had a Wonderful Town Hall']]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:28:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Issatownhall_1200x675_884367427529.jpg
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R - 49th District) talks with members of the media Friday and responds to a reporter's question about whether he was going to hold a town hall.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Calls Deportation Attempts a 'Military Operation']]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:16:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/US_Mexico_DEPORTATIONS_Full-148788551930000001.jpg
 U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said there will not be a military operation or mass deportations of immigrants, despite President Donald Trump calling deportation attempts a "military operation" earlier in the day.]]>
<![CDATA[White Nationalist Richard Spencer Kicked Out of CPAC]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:13:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/richardspencerfeuerherdII.jpg
Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who popularized the term "alt-right," was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday after holding an impromptu press conference in a hallway where the conference is being held. "He is not welcome here," a spokesman for CPAC told NBC News.Spencer said he was initially given credentials to attend the conference, but they were taken from him after he spoke to reporters in the hallway of the Maryland convention center.

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<![CDATA[Treasury Secretary: Expect Tax Overhaul by August]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:21:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/632094848-Steve-Mnuchin-Senate-Hearing.jpg
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he would like to see "very significant" tax reform passed before Congress’ August recess, CNBC reported. In his first television interview since assuming office, Mnuchin told CNBC Thursday that he’s been working closely with leadership in the House and the Senate to get the ball rolling. Mnuchin said the administration is mostly focused on a middle income tax cut — a pledge that President Donald Trump ran his campaign on. Trump has promised to release a tax plan in the coming weeks. Mnuchin added that simplification for business is another focus of the administration’s, and said that he’s focused on canceling out any tax cuts for the wealthy with closed loopholes. He said the administration's tax plan should be judged by the economic growth it could create, rather than by the how much tax revenue drops.

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<![CDATA[Host of Documents Still Missing From White House Website]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:12:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/whitehouseatnightfeuerherd.jpg
Public-facing documents scrubbed from the White House's website shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated — including White House visitors' logs, waivers of ethics regulations and a host of other records — still haven't been replaced, fueling advocates' concerns about the new administration's transparency, NBC News reported.During the first week of February, 31 databases — reporting legally mandated White House payroll reports to Congress, budget documents, White House visitor records and public response documents — were removed from the White House Open Data portal, the platform created to disclose information about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and its operations.The previous presence of the documents was confirmed through publicly available archived versions. Some of the data, preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration, are also available on the White House website of former President Barack Obama.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Is CPAC's Conquering Hero, but Tensions Remain]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:33:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_907826241278.jpg
President Donald Trump is expected to be the headliner at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week in Maryland, where a slew of top White House officials will also appear, NBC News reported.Trump is set to address the crowd on Friday at the annual showcase, run by the American Conservative Union. Vice President Mike Pence will speak on Thursday, with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Seve Bannon participating in a panel discussion. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is also on the list of speakers.This is an opportunity for another victory lap for Trump, who has had a rocky relationship with the conservative showcase. An estimated 9,000-10,000 people are expected to attend, according to a CPAC spokesman.Trump enjoys strong approval ratings among Republicans, but the difficult lead-up to the event this year is a reminder that the conservative movement is still divided over the president and his ideas.

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